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UkraineUkraine, UKR


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 March 1988
176 cm
73 kg
Wife Ilona
Kiev, UKR
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Physical Education, Sport Studies - Mykolayiv State University: Ukraine

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age eight in Mykolayiv, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
In 1996 a swimming pool was opened in Mykolayiv, Ukraine. He lived close by and decided to try diving. "In the beginning they didn't want to accept me into the group - I was tall, taller than other kids, and also maybe I was not in the best shape physically. My mother asked the trainers to give me one more chance."
Club / Team
Central Sports Club of the Armed Forces: Ukraine
Name of coach
Tatiana Marianko, UKR, from 1998

International Debut

Competing for

General Interest

Cars, cycling, go-kart racing, books, billiards, music. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 3m synchronised springboard at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 01 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol
Russian diver Dmitri Sautin. (, 31 Mar 2008)
In December 2017 he underwent surgery that meant he would be out of action for all of 2018. (, 05 Jun 2018;, 13 Apr 2018)

He sustained a head injury during the 2011 Ukrainian Championships in Kiev. During one of his dives he hit the springboard with his head, lost consciousness and sank to the bottom of the pool. He was taken to hospital and required four stitches. He also had to work with a psychologist in order to reach the same level he had been performing at before the accident. (, 07 Mar 2013;, 10 Jul 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want to win the whole world, you should first win yourself." (, 22 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2008 he was decorated with the Order for Courage of Ukraine. (, 04 Sep 2008)

He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (, 28 Dec 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)
Other information
In September 2013 a Ukrainian television network launched a show in which he taught celebrities from the country the sport of diving. (, 05 Aug 2013)

He has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on his right shoulder. (, 07 Mar 2013)

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